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Community Living Association Inc

Support a Mardis Gras 2018 dream come true!

This GiveNow campaign is set up to support a gay man with an intellectual disability living outside of Brisbane to achieve his dream of attending Mardi Gras in Sydney this year. As someone who has lived a life on the margins of mainstream Australia with few opportunities to spend time with other members of the LGBTQIA community, this man feels a great need to celebrate, in his own words, ‘marriage and sex for men who love men and women who love women’. Being given the opportunity to attend Mardi Gras in 2018 would be an unprecedented explosion of colour, love and affirmation for him, and to support him with this dream we ask you to donate any amount of money you can afford.

In 2017, Australians within the LGBTQIA community were subject to the intense challenges, emotional strains, fatigue and hard-fought victory of the marriage equality movement and the public debate surrounding it. Regardless of where we as individuals within queer communities stand on the subject of marriage the YES vote has affected and impacted our lives in any number of ways, and now is the time to come together and celebrate the beauty, resilience and unconditional value of every single person underneath the gloriously broad rainbow umbrella. It is obvious that the iconic Sydney Mardi Gras 2018 will be the collective celebration and affirmation that so many need after the struggle and sweet release of 2017.

Sadly, often the most marginalised members of LGBTQIA communities do not have any access to celebrations like this, even though they are precisely the people most in need of love, support and celebration in times like this. Young people; people living with disability and mental health challenges, people experiencing poverty and homelessness, Indigenous people and other people of colour, people living in regional and remote areas, older people, people experiencing criminalisation and incarceration within justice systems – these are the people need our expressions of care, of love and of ecstatic celebration and unguarded appreciation; Mardi Gras should be an event that holds space for those who need it most.

Since 2014, People with Disability Australia (PWDA), Northcott and Cerebral Palsy Alliance have marched together down Oxford Street, providing vibrant and vital representation from LGBTQIA Australians with disabilities. This year they have invited people living with disability from all over Australia to join them in the parade. As always, money is the crucial factor of access for people from this marginalised community. This campaign will give someone who has struggled for access and inclusion his whole life, and for him to be able to march down Oxford Street this year would be a perfect expression of the meaning of pride.

All funds raised will be put towards flights, two nights’ accommodation, food, and costs of attending some of the exciting and exquisite events Mardi Gras has to offer for this man and a support person of his choosing. He is supported by Community Living Program, a small organisation based in Nundah, Brisbane, who support people to lead active and valued lives in their local communities.

Enjoy the festivities, and please give generously!

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Contact Details

5 Nundah St
NUNDAH QLD, 4012

(07) 3266 5633
Are donations tax deductible?

Yes

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.